Coordinates: 39°39′57″N 113°42′18″E / 39.66583°N 113.705°E / 39.66583; 113.705

The Hanging Temple or Hanging Monastery (simplified Chinese: 悬空寺; traditional Chinese: 懸空寺; pinyin: Xuánkong Sì) is a temple built into a cliff (75 m or 246 ft above the ground) near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, Shanxi province, China. The closest city is Datong, 65 kilometers to the northwest. Along with the Yungang Grottoes, the Hanging Temple is one of the main tourist attractions and historical sites in the Datong area. Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements. The structure is kept in place with wooden crossbeams fitted into holes chiseled into the cliffs. The main supportive structure was hidden.


According to the history of Hengshan Mountain, construction of the temple started at the end of the Northern Wei Dynasty by only one man, a monk named Liao Ran (了然). Over a history of more than 1,600 years many repairs and extension led to its present day scale.

Other hanging temples

山西宁武芦芽山悬空寺, Ningwu County

山西广灵小悬空寺(圣泉寺), Guangling County

山西神池辘轳窑沟悬空寺, Shenchi County

河北苍岩山悬空寺, Mount Cangyan

河南淇县朝阳悬空寺, Qi County, Hebi

青海西宁悬空寺, Xining

陕西榆林悬空寺石窟, Yulin, Shaanxi

浙江建德大慈岩悬空寺, Jiande

云南西山悬空寺, Xishan District, Kunming

三仏寺, Tōhaku District, Tottori

大福寺, Tateyama, Chiba.

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  • The Hanging Temple

  • The Hanging Temple

  • A statue inside the temple

  • Thunder Hall of Hanging temple



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